Lynchburg Parks & Rec closes trail and beach at Percival’s Island due to river flooding concerns

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — The City of Lynchburg Department of Parks and Recreation has made the decision to close the urban trail and beach at Percival’s Island due to the rising James River.

Due to recent excessive rainfall, the James River has started to rise and flooding is a concern. The trail and beach will remain closed until further notice.

The City of Lynchburg suggest people use caution while using other urban trails throughout the city since creeks in the area may be overflowing their banks. They also caution people who may want to use the river this weekend for recreation that the water will be fast-moving and can be extremely dangerous.

The James River at Holcomb Rock Dam in Lynchburg is approaching flood stage, which is 22 feet. As of 10:45 a.m. Friday, the river was at 19.79 feet. Current forecasts from the National Weather Service show the James River at Holcomb Rock Dam cresting at 19.8 feet Friday afternoon, staying below minor flood stage.

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